Last month I received a wonderful gift. A week on one of our Texas beaches with my dearest friend of 30 plus years and our youngest children. It was amazing for many reasons, but one was the opportunity to spend quiet time walking along the beautiful shores of Galveston Beach.
So many things I saw that morning were displays of God’s almighty power. For a country girl with just a small pond in her pasture, the ocean brings a certain awe. I wanted to bring back a couple of shells to give our kids, so I started combing the beach for some good quality shells. I quickly realized not many shells had made it to the beach whole. It was somewhat disappointing because all the shells that made it to the shore whole looked the same, there was no difference in shape, just size. This realization got me thinking.
How do we make it to shore whole?
What causes some shells to arrive in pieces, and others intact and unscathed by storms, tides and the predators they have endured?
The shells I had found whole were all part of the cockle family. What I discovered after a little research was amazing.
If we want to be that strong shell, if we are going to make it to heavens shores whole, let’s learn from the cockle shell!
Lesson #1. These shells live in sandy sheltered beaches throughout the world
Live in a sheltered beach
Psalm 91: 1
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Make the choice to live in the shelter of the Most High
Lesson #2.They have enemies
Recognize we too have an enemy
“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
Put on the FULL armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes”
We must recognize the enemy (Satan) that tries to tear us in half or break us completely and battle the storms that want to bring us to shore broken.
Lesson #3 Long ridges run deep down their backs to give them strength
Create deep ridges in your heart
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
Insults, anger, jealousy and pride must roll off us and back into the ocean, never to be seen again.
Lesson #4 They are the strongest type of shell in the ocean
You will reach the shore whole not by our own power but by God
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Be the strongest shell in the ocean!
I leave you with the prayer Paul left the Ephesian’s in Ephesians 3:16-19
For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
I am praying for each of you that you are filled with the fullness of God so that you may to reach the shore strong and unbroken, and receive God’s promise.